The Super Mario Bros. Reviews
The main issue with this film is the blatant fact it has NOTHING to do with the classic videogame. Apart from the two leads and the villain there is zero here to please anyone unless you have a metal and dinosaur fetish. True Hoskins does look wonderfully like 'Mario' in his red n blue jumpsuit and I did quite like the sliminess of Hopper as 'Koopa' but that's as far as it goes.
The whole thing is just so damn odd, its a corny thing to say but its basically 'Mad Max' 'Highlander II' and 'Blade Runner' styled futuristic visuals aimed at children but utter nonsense. I guess this could be forgiven if the visuals were good or original but its all so ugly and scrappy looking. As if no one could really be too bothered so they just tossed a load of sparking metal, badly dressed extras and the most bizarre designed cars I've ever seen...everywhere.
Nothing really makes much sense in any way whatsoever, sure its a kids film and 'Mario Bros' isn't a stern reality based concept but some of the decisions in this film!. The effects of course are horribly dated now which you can't poke fun at really but geez its nasty!. Early CGI effects, terrible stunts with obvious wire work, awful costumes, the fungus king and awful hairstyles...yet the dino model/puppet of 'Yoshi' looks good and moves quite nicely.
It really does feel as if the bigwigs had gotten halfway through making one film and suddenly decided to turn it into a Mario film for kids. Just take the tonne of crappy looking junk they already had going and stick in some very loose references to Nintendo's big franchise and voila! instant Mario Bros movie hurrah!. I really believe this was the set of 'Lawnmower Man 2' transformed at the eleventh hour, and they still fudged that up too.
Its not too often that a film is really so bad, really its not!! and this was suppose to be a blockbuster and franchise builder!. Sure there are bad films but this is really really quite terrible in all areas with virtually nothing to save its ass. I did quite like the use of the old Nintendo Super Scope 6. But was that a clever little easter egg wink/nod for the legion of NES/SNES players or did they really think they could fool everyone into thinking it was a proper purpose build prop?. I'll let you decide.
It strays too far from the original game to be embraced by the nostalgia of the grown-up gaming community.
The premise is silly enough to be tailored to children, but thats not at all what was done.
It may be worthwhile just seeing the amazing cast (Samantha Mathis, Dennis Hopper, Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo) perform in their all-time career lows.
This is mind-numbingly bad video-torture. The main characters don't even RESEMBLE the original video game stars, so this shouldn't even have the word Mario associated with it. It should just be called Super Brothers. Or maybe just Brothers, since the production has absolutely nothing 'Super' about it. Also with the aforementioned lack of resemblance of the real characters, it's debatable if the film versions of Mario and Luigi are at all related. This movie may be better suited to remain nameless, but I don't agree. I have a good name for this: D-F-B. (Which stands for Dia-F**king-Bolical.)
If you're a fan of the Super Mario Bros. video games and you know them well, you will be majorly disappointed with this movie. It won't be what you expect it to be. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. The Mario series of video games is the best series ever, but this movie is the worst VG movie I've seen.
- Deal with it!"
A live-action big budget movie (48 million USD) about the most successful videogame of all time. Back in '93, the filmmakers thought that nothing could go wrong! Guess again...
Seriously, "Super Mario Bros" has got to be the biggest disappointment for all videogamers. The film is a total disaster in every way you can imagine.
The story is awful, but hey, the videogames with Mario have never been that creative. But the set design is probably the worst you could ever imagine. Where the hell did all the money go? The film's got Bob Hoskins (Mario), John Leguizamo (Luigi) and Dennis Hopper (Koopa) but they're not the kind of actors that would get millions for their roles.
And after seeing the movie (now for a second time, 15 years between) the actors and every one involved with the movie should be soooo very much ashamed of the outcome of their work. And so should all the persons who saw the movie and liked it...